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announcement from the vatican today, pope benedict xvi is resigning. how his legacy may live on when the new pope is chosen. >> reporter: catholics are reacting to the resignation. >> this is a noble and selfless act. >> i think it is coming from his heart. if he has to do it, it is god's will. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi said his mind and body are no longer up to the job. >> after examined my conscious before god i have come to the certainly my strengths are no longer suited to the exercise of the ministry. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi took over in 2005 has it church was facing declining popularity over the sexual abuse of children by prese -- priest. >> we hope he will make decisive action that would protect kids today. [no audio] >> the church traces her continuity back to peter. we will look for someone who -- who is a very particulate voice. >> reporter: he will not be involved but he appointed half of the cardinals making the succession. pope benedict xvi will retire to a live of reflection and prayer in a monetary. ktvu channel 2 news. >> what many consider a strange mix, book ba
this november to try to keep their new jobs. >>> pope benedict xvi delivered his farewell address to a crowd of 15,000 people in vatican city today. [ speaking foreign language ] >> the 85-year-old pontiff asked catholics to pray for him and the new pope. he will meet with cardinals one last time tomorrow before he flied off. while the cardinals meet to choose a successor, thousands of people are placing bets on who it will be. it is illegal in the united states to do that. one received $200,000 in books in 48 hour. it includes, name, age and nationality of the new pope, when the conclave will start and finish. >>> the supreme court appeared divided over the voting rights act. based on arguments, they expect the court to over turn part of the law in june. congresswoman nancy pelosi rallied outside the court today with members of the black, hispanic and asian pacific american caucuses. >> for our democracy defend the voting rights act, block efforts to suppress the vote. >> the 1965 law was designed to protect black voters known for discrimination. it requires federal approval before changes.
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